Chronic City

Chronic City

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, England, 2009

Description

Jonathan Lethem has always been a bit of a cult author in the United Kingdom as opposed to the United States, where he is a more of a mainstream literary star. The brief for this job was very open-ended, so I read the book and took its themes as my lead. The aim was to appeal to existing Lethem fans and new readers. His readership is mostly a younger demographic. This group’s interests in art and design allowed me to take a more graphic approach than is sometimes possible with other cover briefs.

Juror Notes

The tiger that haunts the city in Lethem’s tale, here, is the city itself—its manic energy and fierce countenance.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Faber and Faber Ltd
Jacket designer
Miriam Rosenbloom
Illustrator
Miriam Rosenbloom
Production coordinator
Jack Murphy
Author
Jonathan Lethem
Editor
Walter Donohue
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Typeface
Helvetica Neue
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